We look at 3 of the best products for dealing with cat hairballs
Cats like to look their best, and key to this is a thorough and fastidious grooming regime that puts us humans to shame! An unfortunate side effect is that cats — especially long-haired cats such as Maine Coons and Persians — tend to ingest an awful lot of hair. Whilst the majority of this hair passes through your cat’s digestive system, some remains in the stomach, and this is what forms the slimy cat hairballs most owners have encountered.
Whilst the hacking and gagging is unpleasant for the cat, and can be quite distressing for the owner, cat hairballs can in extreme circumstances cause intestinal blockages (Please note: if you suspect this, rush your cat to the vets as soon as possible).
So with the above in mind, is there anything we as cat owners can do to keep hairballs to a minimum? Read on as we look at 5 of the best products for dealing with cat hairballs.
The FURminator Long Hair DeShedding Tool for Large Cats is our number one favourite grooming tool for cats. We found the FURminator to be the most effective brush for grooming and de-furring our long-haired cats.
Used and recommended by veterinarians and professional groomers, the FURminator is also available in a range of sizes and styles depending on your type and size of cat. Our 6KG Maine Coon was the ideal candidate for the larger long-haired model.
What we like:
- Reduces shedding by a claimed 90% (and we certainly got a lot of hair with it)
- Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your dog’s long topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair
- FURejector button cleans and removes loose hair from the tool with ease
Price: From £19.99 with FREE delivery
Here at Best For Cats we’re big fans of Royal Canin, and their extensive range of high-quality cat food tailored for a variety of different shapes, sizes and breeds of cat, no matter what their dietary requirements. Our rescue cats love their Exigent Savour Sensation dry mix and we’re happy to sing their praises, in the knowledge that the ingredients and formulas are of the highest quality.
But did you know that they also produce a blend of cat food especially formulated for reducing hairballs? Their Hairball Care blend contains psyllium, rich in mucilage, and micronised fibres which help to stimulate your cat’s intestinal transit.
The result is that instead of collecting in the stomach and being regurgitated in the form of a slimy hairball, the hair is eliminated regularly in the faeces.
What we like:
- Eliminates twice as much cat hair by natural means
- Natural elimination of hairballs
- Stimulates intestinal transit
Price: £18.56 with FREE delivery
Rather than a dedicated food for your cat, Beaphar Hairball Paste is a supplement given in addition to your cat’s regular food, either on its own or mixed in with either dry kibble or your cat’s favourite wet food.
A unique hairball remedy, the paste includes two key stripes (like toothpaste!); a stripe rich in vegetable-oils which lubricates and eases the passage of hairballs through your cat, and a stripe is rich in ‘bioMOS’ — a pre-biotic that helps your cat’s digestion by encouraging a healthy gut-flora.
It also helps that the flavour proves to be a big hit with cats. We began by mixing in a pea-sized amount with our cats’ normal food, then found that they liked it so much they’d lick it straight from our hands!
What we like:
- Helps your cat’s hairballs pass smoothly through the intestines
- Easy to give to your cat
- Tasty and effective
- An added pre-biotic supplement helps aid digestion by encouraging a healthy gut-flora
Price: £20.55 with FREE delivery for 3 tubes
Does your cat suffer from hairballs? Is there a product you’d like to see us review in more detail? Let us know in the comments below!
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